Joining the music program
The music program offers professional degrees as a preparation for a variety of careers, including music performance, music education, and music business. The music program also offers a liberal arts degree as well as coursework and performance experience for students who wish a deeper understanding of music to be part of their education.
Auditions are required for admission to the music major. The music faculty formally evaluates each student’s progress in the major in the sophomore year and notifies him/her of the advisability of continuing in the major. Transfer students are notified of the advisability of continuing in the major after the completion of one semester.
All majors must attend a specified number of concerts and recitals sponsored or approved by the music faculty for eight semesters; minors, four semesters. In addition, a proficiency in piano must be passed by all majors except liberal arts music majors. This competency should be completed by the end of the sophomore year. A voice competency is required of all instrumental music education majors.
Majors are required to participate each semester in the performing ensemble appropriate to their applied performing medium. Music education majors are exempted from the ensemble and concert music requirements during their student teaching semester.
A half-hour recital is required during the junior and senior years for the education emphases. A full recital is required in the junior and senior years for the performance emphasis. The Liberal Arts music degree requires a half recital in the senior year.
Each music degree has its own capstone course requirement that is to be completed in the final semester of coursework.
Performing organizations are open to all students by audition. Qualified students may also receive ensemble credit by performing in the Waukesha Symphony.
Making it possible
To help students attend Carroll and participate in these activities, the music department offers music scholarships to qualified full-time freshmen ranging up to $12,000 over four years in the vocal, wind, percussion and keyboard areas.
Auditions and placement exams are mandatory for all students who wish to pursue a major in music. Scholarship and admission auditions may be done concurrently.
Students studying music will:
- Be prepared to effectively contribute to the professional work of a musician in
education, performance, and music business.
- Understand and articulate the historical perspective of musical expression and
the theoretical base upon which this expression rests.
- Understand and articulate the skills for experiencing, both as an individual and
as part of the group, the aesthetic experience of performance.
- As a non-major, learn the skills and related knowledge necessary to experience
the communication potential of art.